Grace, Patrick.  "Milk Subsidies: More Than Efficiency at Stake."
The Christian Science Monitor
September 28, 1999


The pricing of mild currently makes milk producers (not farmers) in California and Texas the most "efficient" producers of milk. Producing milk and being a farmer are not the same animal. I am not a farmer, but as a small-business person, I can see that small-farm families cannot compete against giant corporations like Borden Inc. when it comes to producing milk. Giant feedlot operations will never be farms.

Farmers do more than produce milk. They add to the local economy through purchasing from local suppliers; their families add to the community through participation in schools and churches; and they support local goodwill projects. The best farmers also act as stewards for the ever-decreasing amount of open lands and woodlands. There is a renewed interest in Wisconsin in sustainable agriculture that can only begin to work on a local level.

I do not believe any American would want to start a business that does not have the potential to at least break even. The American consumer will be ill-served in the long run when milk production is no longer in the hands of many farmers but in the hand of a few large corporations. -- Letter from Patrick Grace of Alma, Wis.